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GECOM: Test data compression combined with all unknown response masking

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This paper introduces GECOM technology, a novel test compression method with seamless integration of test GEneration, test Compression (i.e. integrated compression on scan stimulus and masking bits) and all unknown scan responses masking for manufacturing test cost reduction. Unlike most of prior methods, the proposed method considers the unknown responses during ATPG procedure and selectively encodes the specified 1 or 0 bits (either Is or Os) in scan slices for compression while at the same time masks the unknown responses before sending them to the response compactor. The proposed GECOM technology consists of GECOM architecture and GECOM ATPG technique. In the GECOM architecture, for a circuit with N internal scan chains, only c tester channels, where c = lceillog2 Nrceil+2, are required. GECOM ATPG generates test patterns for the GECOM architecture thus not only the scan inputs could be efficiently compressed but also all the unknown responses would be masked. Experimental results on both benchmark circuits and real industrial designs indicated the effectiveness of the proposed GECOM technique.

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Design Automation Conference, 2008. ASPDAC 2008. Asia and South Pacific

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21-24 March 2008